The popular “Forgotten Horrors” series of books that has played a major role in lifting low-budget horror movies and B-level genre pictures into the more respectable realm of film scholarship offers an entertaining new installment in “Forgotten Horrors to the Nth Degree: Dispatches From a Collapsing Genre” (Cremo Studio Ltd., $30).
The book by series originator Michael H. Price and frequent collaborator John Wooley follows the authors' hallmark style by offering a wealth of arcane background information, sharp and witty insights, pithy anecdotes and concise, loving scholarship to scores of the weirder productions (“The Barn of the Naked Dead,” “Werewolves on Wheels”) from old Hollywood's low-rent precincts.
Collecting more than a decades-worth of Price & Wooley “Forgotten Horrors” columns from Fangoria magazine, utilizing images from both authors' extensive collections of publicity stills and movie posters, the new book unearths many startling revelations and a treasure trove of entertaining tidbits.
While the five previous books in the series have covered the evolution of the horror genre chronologically from 1929, the new collection leaps forward to a period from the 1960s to the 1980s, chronicling a revolutionary upheaval in the cinema of terror that included the invention of the so-called “splatter movies” in 1963 to the collapse of the low-budget independent theatrical chiller upon the rise of the made-for-video feature in 1985.
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